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Course Description

The Digital Technologies Curriculum is anchored in computational thinking, real world problem solving and design.  The ultimate tool that brings all of these concepts together is the BBC micro:bit, a programmable standalone computer that is smaller than a credit card and comes with sensors as well as connectivity.

In this PD you will learn the basics of programming the BBC micro:bit with both block code and Python and then apply these basics to several open ended projects.

At the end of the course, you will be provided with with a semester’s worth (several hundred pages) of micro:bit project based curriculum that you can do with your students.
BBC micro:bit

Audience

Secondary teachers of digital technologies or STEM in the years 7-10.

Teaching Standards

2.6.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.



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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction to this Course and the micro:bit

    • Course Overview

    • Curriculum Alignment

    • Digital Technologies Curriculum and the BBC micro:bit

    • Knowledge and Recommendations

    • Teaching Methodology and Course Resources

    • Microbit Course Booklet

    • Reflection Questions for Module 1

  • 2

    Module 2 - Setting Up to Program with the micro:bit

    • How to Program the micro:bit from the Browser

    • How to Program micro:bit via installed Applications

    • Reflection Questions for Module 2

  • 3

    Module 3 - MakeCode micro:bit Tutorials

    • First Programs on the micro:bit

    • Activity 1.1 - Hello... is it me you're looking for?

    • Building a Magic 8 Ball

    • Activity 1.2 - Build a Magic 8 Ball and Tinkering

    • Tinkering With the Magic 8 Ball

    • Reaction Time Program

    • Activity 1.3 - Reaction Time Program

    • Tinkering with the Reaction Time Program

    • Activity 1.3 - Tinkering with the Reaction Time Program

    • Button Masher Program

    • Activity 1.4 - Button Masher

    • Tinkering With The Button Masher Program

    • Activity 1.4 - Tinker with Button Masher

    • Ideas for Teacher Collaboration and Classroom Implementation

    • Reflection Questions for Module 3

  • 4

    Module 4 - Python micro:bit Tutorials

    • Reaction Time Program with Python

    • Activity 2.3 - Reaction Time

    • Raining Bricks Program (Python)

    • Activity 2.5 - Raining Bricks

    • Tinkering With the Raining Bricks Program (Python)

    • Reflection Questions for Module 4

    • Ideas for Teacher Collaboration and Classroom Implementation

  • 5

    Module 5: Collaborative Projects wit the BBC micro:bit

    • micro:bit and collaborative project based learning

    • A Guide for Developing Digital Solutions

    • Micro:bit Collaborative Project Rubric

    • Radio Dice Game (Python)

    • Radio Dice Game (MakeCode)

    • Reflection Questions for Module 5

  • 6

    Module 6 - Thank You and Feedback

    • Conclusion

    • Course Reflection

    • Feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Digital Technologies Curriculum With the BBC micro:bit will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing Standard Descriptor 2.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher in NSW.

 

Presenter

Sanjin Dedic

Sanjin Dedic

Sanjin Dedic is a robotics engineer and an experienced educator in the field of Digital Technologies. Throughout his teaching career Sanjin has been at the forefront of the latest educational technologies, in 2013 he brought Arduino, 3D printing and the make movement ethos into the classroom, he since authored Python curriculum in use by dozens of Victorian schools and co-authored a book on the BBC micro:bit, both aimed at students in Years 7- 10. He currently teaches at the King David School in Melbourne and works with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, Teacher Training Australia and The Digital Technologies Hub to share the latest in educational technology and pedagogical approaches with fellow teachers.

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